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Facebook: Spinning off Messenger was a good move, and here’s why

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Some Facebook users hate change — that's just fact.

Roll out a radically revamped News Feed or tinker too much with privacy settings, and a subset of users inevitably cry foul. That's what happened when Facebook made its standalone Messenger app a mandatory download last year for people who wanted to continue sending text-based messages through the social network. This "family of apps" approach, Facebook said, was done for the benefit of users, so that each app could offer a richer, more focused experience.

Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger's head of product, suggests that if Facebook had kept Messenger a part of its main app, it wouldn't be as full an experience. Features such as video calling, introduced last week, would go unnoticed by users. Read more...

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Sheryl Sandberg on Dave Goldberg’s death: “Things will never be the same”

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Sheryl Sandberg broke her silence on Tuesday about the death of her husband and SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, who died suddenly from severe head trauma after collapsing while exercising last week.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Facebook's COO thanked family and friends for the "outpouring of love" and recounted memories including how she met Goldberg almost 20 years ago after moving to Los Angeles.

"He showed me the Internet for the first time, planned fun outings, took me to temple for the Jewish holidays, introduced me to much cooler music than I had ever heard," Sandberg wrote, adding that they shared 11 happy years of love, marriage and partnership. "He gave me the experience of being deeply understood, truly supported and completely and utterly loved — and I will carry that with me always. Most importantly, he gave me the two most amazing children in the world." Read more...

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Facebook Messenger had 1 million video calls in the first 2 days, Facebook says

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It's been just over a week since Facebook rolled out video chat for Messenger, and things already look promising for the app's newest feature.

According to the company, Messenger users made over 1 million video calls during those first two days after launch. Video calling is currently available in 18 markets, including the UK, France, Greece, Mexico, Portugal and the United States, with more markets coming over the next few months. (Fingers crossed for Mashable readers Down Under.)

"We're very happy with the progress," Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook Messenger's Head of Product, told Mashable. Read more...

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Meerkat now lets you watch some live streams without Twitter

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It looks like Meerkat is finally addressing its troubles with Twitter, which has worked to limit the live streaming app's access to its users since the launch of rival Periscope, which is owned by Twitter.

Meerkat added Facebook support to its iOS app over the weekend, along with other features that minimize the app's reliance on Twitter, in its latest update.

The biggest change is that live streams can now be viewed from Facebook; the app no longer requires a Twitter account in order to watch all broadcasts. Those who manage a Facebook page for a brand or business can connect their Meerkat account with their Facebook page so live streams can be viewed from within Facebook. Read more...

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Facebook And Nokia Quietly Ink Deal For Here To Power Maps On Mobile, Instagram And Messenger

hacker way on here One of the companies in the frame as a potential buyer of Nokia’s Here mapping division has quietly inked a deal with the Finnish company to power mobile maps. Facebook is now using Here maps for its mobile web version, and it is also running a test for Here to power location in native apps like Instagram and Messenger. Read More

Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey CEO, died after exercising on vacation in Mexico

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SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, the longstanding, respected figure among Silicon Valley's elite, died suddenly on Friday evening. Until now, however, details surrounding his death have remained unclear.

A source close to the family told Mashable that Goldberg was on vacation with family and friends at a private resort in Mexico, and died after collapsing while exercising at the gym there. Efforts to revive him both on-site and at the hospital were unsuccessful.

Reports from Re/code and the New York Times broke the news on Monday.

The family is planning a service and burial in California.

Goldberg is survived by his wife and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and a young daughter and a son. Following the announcement of his death on Saturday, many members of the tech community expressed sympathy on Twitter, Goldberg's Facebook timeline and elsewhere online. Read more...

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Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey CEO and Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, dies suddenly at 47

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Dave Goldberg, CEO of online survey startup SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died suddenly Friday evening. He was 47.

“We are heartbroken by this news,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable on Saturday.

Goldberg, who also leaves behind a young daughter and son, was a longstanding, respected figure among Silicon Valley's elite. A Harvard University graduate who majored in history, Goldberg had served as CEO of SurveyMonkey since 2009. He also served as an advisor to TPG Capital, one of the world's largest private-equity firms. Read more...

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12 beautifully random comments on Walmart’s Facebook page

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The retail giant Walmart has over 32 million likes on their Facebook page, so with that amount of reach, you can expect a variety of comments, ranging from genuine feedback, to trolling and confusion

Some people have a different approach to social media. We're not sure which category these customers' comments fall under, but we're happy that they exist

Except for the woman looking for socks —someone please help her find socks

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